Paphiopedilum glaucophyllum is an exotic and charming orchid plant

Paphiopedilum glaucophyllum (Tropical/Asian Lady’s Slipper, Shiny Green Leaf Paphiopedilum) The Shiny Green Leaf Paphiopedilum is an exotic and charming orchid that has become the desire of many enthusiasts of orchid and hybridisers. A perfect species collection for its small size and longevity of flowering. Paphiopedilum glaucophyllum is assessed as endangered in the IUCN Red List […]

Bauhinia purpurea produces fragrant and beautiful orchid-like flowers

Bauhinia purpurea (Orchid Tree, Purple Bauhinia, Butterfly Tree, Hawaiian/Purple Orchid Tree, Camel’s Foot Tree) Orchid Tree or Butterfly Tree is admired for its large, showy, fragrant and beautiful orchid-like flowers. Besides, this unique, exotic and free-flowering tree is valuable for its numerous medicinal purposes traditionally.

Alocasia cuprea has dramatic foliage that’s a mix of copper and deep green

Alocasia cuprea (Giant Caladium, Elephant’s Ear, Jewel Alocasia) Giant Caladium or Elephant’s Ear is popularly grown for its dramatic, distinctive and enduring foliage. Foliage is shaped like an arrowhead and is a mix of copper and deep green with a silvery sheen veined pattern to them. It is one of the ‘Jewel Alocasias’ that is highly sought […]

Paphiopedilum barbatum has become the desire of many orchid enthusiasts

Paphiopedilum barbatum (Slipper Orchid, Bearded Paphiopedilum, Lady’s Slipper) The amazing beauty and uniqueness of the Slipper Orchid or Bearded Paphiopedilum has become the desire of many enthusiasts of orchids. It was first discovered on Mount Ophir in Sumatra, growing in granite rock crevices containing moss and decaying leaves. It inhabits areas where plentiful rainfall and […]

Ipomoea batatas is an important food crop or staple food in many countries

Ipomoea batatas (Sweet Potato, Sweet Potato Vine, Keledek in Malay) Sweet Potato is widely cultivated for its storage roots as it is an important food crop in many regions around the world. In Malaysia and Singapore, an assortment of colourful sweet potatoes are popularly cooked in coconut milk as ‘bubur cha cha’ with yams, pearled […]